Whether it is a Long Cigarette holder or it is a Short Cigarette holder, the Cigarette holders has been a style icon for decades now. The purpose however is still a question of debate. Well, to brief, it has a purpose in terms of health, hygiene and appearance. For some it appears to be an aesthetic way to smoke with a cigarette holder, where as some finds it useful in keeping away the nicotine stain and the unpleasant odor of tobacco. Also it saves the teeth from getting stained by avoiding the direct contact between the teeth and the tobacco butt.
Cigarette holders have been classified into models generally; Opera length is normally between 16 to 20 inches, Theater Length from 10 to 14 inches, Dinner length 4 to 6 inches, and Cocktail length from 4 to 6 inches. And finally the Men's short cigarette holder that are no longer than 4 inches.
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In brief, there are short cigarette holders, most preferred by men and Long Cigarette holders' preferred by the lady smokers.
The Short cigarette holders have a length range between 50mm to 90mm. Manufactured from a wide range of materials; they come with an ejection mechanism or without it. The filters inserted to these short cigarette holders will reduce the amount of nicotine, gases and other irritants inhaled and also reduce a considerable amount of acid reaching the stomach. The filers used are usually the silica gel based crystal filters. The highly porous silica oxide hosts the site for numerous bonding sites that can trap down the chemical impurities by chemical reactions.
The Long cigarette holders usually have a length between 100mm and 116 mm. They come with an ejector mechanism which further prevents the contact of the fingers with the cigarette. The manual ejection system helps to remove the cigarette butt by pulling the holder cup backwards, thereby not touching the cigarette. The Long Cigarette holders also uses filters, a regular filter or a King Sized one can be in place.
The cigarette holders themselves serves as a filter, so using holders with the filter on would add on to the advantage of reducing a considerable amount of irritants from getting transferred to the body. Both the short cigarette holder as well as the long cigarette holders are made out of wood, ivory or even gold at times, and are decorated with precious stones and gems which further add on to the affluent look. They are said to add to the personality of the user.
From being a beggars last resort to smoke discarded tobacco and cigar, to be the signature accessory, its been quite an laudable journey!